Why do some dogs suddenly start to eat dirt? SFVS’s Dr. David B.Y. Fong answers a San Francisco Chronicle reader’s question about this very issue–from a holistic point of view–in this Wednesday’s edition of the paper.
Your vet may run blood work to determine any dietary deficiencies or other issues. There are supplements, herbal formulas and even therapies like acupuncture that can treat these deficiencies, depending on the test results. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), food can be used as a therapy because foods have energetic qualities that support the body. In TCM, the spleen’s energy regulates the digestion and transforms and transports the food that is taken into the body. As we eat energetic foods that will support and nourish the body, we can overcome different deficiencies, which can correct a variety of digestive disorders.